English Communication 1
Units 1 - 20
Form-Focused Dictation 1: Wh. vs. Yes/No Questions (intonation patterns)
- What can make you feel like speaking?
- What sort of things do you like to talk about?
- Could you tell me what this means?
- Could you show me how to do this, please?
- Do you mind if I open the door a bit?
Form-Focused Dictation 2: Wanna (reduced forms)
- I must be kind to them or they won't want to go the way I want to go!
- I'm sure I don't want to stay in here any longer!
- But I don't want to go there today.
- Look at the report if you want to see how he did it.
- If you want to get anything else, you'll have to use your own money!
Form-Focused Dictation 3: bilabial vs. labiodental b vs. v; p vs. f
- That is a very big berry on the table.
- Did you vote for your local council to buy a new boat?
- I believe the school should buy a new coffee machine.
- Isn’t it time we got a new copy machine before we buy anything else.
- I found that walking a bit every day, I could loose a pound a week.
Form-Focused Dictation 4: Gonna (reduced form)
- What are you going to wear?
- Then you're going to have to take it out for a few minutes.
- Are you going to work right through the night too?
- But how are you going to move it this time?
- I won't say I wasn't goin' to do it, because I WAS; but you - I mean somebody - got in before me.
Form-Focused Dictation 5: voicing vs. unvoiced; b vs. p, f vs. v
- The child was making a little pit next to her house.
- The woman wanted a little bit of time to herself.
- It was a really good buy, half a pie for only a dollar.
- There are only a few who can have this sort of view from their homes.
- If he leaves now, we can get to see the Leafs play hockey.
Form-Focused Dictation Unit 6: /l/ vs. /ɹ/
- There's a light right next to the door.
- Take a right at the next red light.
- I feel really worried when I'm on a big road.
- She wanted to put a big load in her washing machine.
- I fear I will never be able to learn to read.
Form-Focused Dictation Unit 7: Reduced 'have to' /hɑftə/
- 1. You don't have to do this stuff if you don't want to.
- 2. What else do I have to remember?
- 3. Do people have to drink water every day?
- 4. Could you tell me what I have to do?
- 5. But if you have big ideas you have to use big words to say them.
Form-Focused Dictation Unit 8: Reduced 'of' /əν/
- It's sort of long and round and made of paper.
- What kind of job are you looking for?
- Do you think you're happy most of the time?
- I really like the other members of this group.
- It's a question of whether we do it or not.
Form-Focused Dictation Unit 9: Reduced 'and' /n/
- We're getting more and more worried about her.
- I'm tired of taking the train night and day.
- I have a thousand and one reasons why I don't want to go there today.
- It's a fact that there are a hundred and twenty minutes in two hours.
- Come sit down for a bit and we'll talk about this and that.
Form-Focused Dictation Unit 10: Reduced 'to' /t/ /tə/
- When you're done, don't forget to turn it off.
- I really need to get up at ten to eight in the morning.
- The woman asked the child to write about twenty to thirty words on the paper.
- I'm going to give my half to him.
- I'm supposed to start work at nine in the morning.